WE HAVE braced ourselves for cold and flu season by making a small but effective batch of elderberry syrup that is already being put to good use in our household.
Classrooms and offices are like incubators for bugs at this time of the year but we’re hoping to give ourselves a fighting chance by using the berry of the elder tree, which is found growing wild in many hedgerows, waste ground and established back gardens.
BLACKBERRIES are one of those universally-loved fruits because they are so accessible, growing wild on untouched hedgerows in fields and roadsides everywhere, and I want to share our highly adaptable recipe for scrumptious blackberry buns.
MAHON FALLS is an awesome (I mean that in the original sense of the word) 80-metre waterfall that lies in the Comeragh Mountains, so I’m totally baffled as to why some visitors would dump rubbish there!
I took our girls Ava (11) and Becca (8) to the Falls this week as one of our planned day-trips over the school holidays, but we were all upset and disgusted to discover that the level of littering seems to have reached unprecedented levels this summer.Continue reading “Mahon Falls – a littered treasure”
FOOD WASTE costs the average Irish household EUR700 every year – that’s a whole load of cash to just chuck in the bin!
I’m trying to think about all the things I could do with that kind of money, like putting it towards a family holiday or sorting out something in the house (the front windows need painting) or the garden (there’s an endless list there).
Earlier this week, Becca (8) and I attended the launch of a Community Food Initiative by Ballyhoura Development in the Co Limerick village of Caherconlish, to discover how we could have more ‘food sense’ in the future, for the benefit of our family’s health and pocket.
The day, which included arts and crafts, facepainting, and child-friendly healthy treats, took place in the lovely Millennium Centre, which I thought was pretty fitting, seeing as how I was hoping it would help me guide our family to a new phase of smarter eating.
A VERY YOUNG OAK recently came into our lives and it got me to thinking that I need to embrace my inner tree hugger!
That thought was reinforced this week after I ended up almost surgically pulling a tiny hawthorn from between the paving stones in our patio – it came out with roots intact and is now safely potted.
I think if everyone stopped to think for a moment, we all have a favourite tree, either from our past or our present.
My current favourite is a weeping beech that’s in our back garden – still too young to provide shade, but I’m hoping to watch our grandkids play underneath it in about 20 years or so, depending on our girls Ava (11) and Becca (8) of course!
So, our rescue missions involving the hawthorn (left), and the six inch oak, which was saved from being mowed along with this summer’s hay crop, seems like the perfect opportunity to write about the search for contestants in the Tree of the Year competition, and why it’s important to appreciate our trees.
GLENGARRA Mountain Lodge is buzzing with life again as nature lovers find their way back to this scenic wildlife haven – thanks to ongoing restoration work by local volunteers!
We put on our sensible footwear and packed a picnic at the weekend to attend an open day hosted by Burncourt Community Council at the Co Tipperary shooting lodge-turned-hostel, which has lain empty in recent years.
The event had two purposes – firstly, to show the public how far the community had come in fixing the potentially devastating damage caused by vandals and thieves, and secondly, to remind us all that support was needed for the work still to be done.